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  Product:     OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card  
  Price:     $166 (CDN) / $145 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     OCZ Technology
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     November 18th, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jessica from OCZ Technology for sending the OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card for review.

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Introduction:

Portable storage requirements evolve each year as manufacturers continue to offer a wide selection of solutions for the consumer on the go. In the past where important media was regulated to floppy and optical disk formats, it is now easier to transport data from one location to another without the restriction of cross platform compatibility. Since August 2000, OCZ Technology has been supporting the special demands of computer enthusiasts by manufacturing the fastest and best performing products. The company has recently expanded into the flash media market with the release of their OCZ branded flash media product line which utilizes USB 2.0 Technology. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card; a miniature large capacity storage solution.

Specifications:

The OCZ Mega-Kart series is the ultimate data storage solution for today’s computer enthusiasts and business professionals on the go. The beauty of the new Mega-Kart series is the unparalleled, ultra-slim architecture that is thin enough to carry in a wallet. Here are some specifications taken directly from the OCZ Technology website:

Model
OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card
Dimensions

84mm (L) x 53mm (W) x 4mm (H)

Speed

High Speed USB 2.0 Certified

Plug n' Play

True Plug and Play (Compatible with MAC OS X)

O/S

Compatible with: Windows (98/98SE/Me/2000/XP), Linux (Kernel 2.4 or later), Mac (OS 9.0 or later)

LED

LED Status Light

Warranty

1 Year Warranty

OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card
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OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card
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The OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card package arrived in standard retail packaging with the USB drive suspended in a plastic dome holder. The front portion of the package details some of the product features while the back portion highlights a list of product specifications.

OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card
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OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card
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Out of the packaging, I was immediately impressed at the size and compactness of the OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart. Building on the success of the OCZ Mini-Kart, the unit is much larger and comparable to the size of normal credit card measuring approximately 84mm (L) x 53mm (W) x 4mm (H). The outer casing of the unit consists of hard formed plastic which makes this unit ideal for any type of environment. The OCZ Mega-Kart is a plug and play cross platform compatible solution that can operate on the Windows or Mac platform. Consumers using open source GPL Linux operating systems will also be pleased to know that this unit also works on that platform as well provided that you are using Kernel 2.4 or later. Aside from the Mega-Kart itself no application software, user manual or carrying case are provided with the unit.

OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card
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OCZ Ultra-Slim 8GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card
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OCZ Technology adds the convenience of USB 2.0 based technology in the Mega-Kart by incorporating a flexible USB connector that is embedded into the base of the unit. In order to interface the Mega-Kart with any type of system, the USB connector can be extended away from the unit in order to plug into any free port. The length of the cable connecting the USB connector to the unit itself is rather short at measuring 2-3 centimeters in length. At the tip of the Mega-Kart is small LED module that provides a visual indication when the unit is in use.

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